House Republicans say they plan to ask the Supreme Court to overturn last month’s federal appeals court ruling that struck down a portion of DOMA. Chris Geidner at MetroWeekly:
That potential Supreme Court case, BLAG [House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group] details, is Massachusetts v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the appellate case decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit decision on May 31. Referring to that decision, BLAG’s lawyers wrote today in the Pedersen filing:
The House now is preparing a petition for certiorari in the Massachusetts case, a petition which it intends to file by the end of this month. Massachusetts is a good candidate for Supreme Court review, as the First Circuit itself recognized: “Supreme Court review of DOMA is highly likely.” If the Supreme Court grants certiorari in Massachusetts, which we think is likely, the Court likely will docket the case for briefing, argument and decision during the October 2012 Term.